Pearl Liang

4.1
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646 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Chinese

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About

Pearl Liang restaurant is part of the smart new Paddington Waterside development in Paddington Central. This classy, contemporary Chinese restaurant creates an authentically Oriental vibe with water features, bamboo and a room-length painting of Chinese blossom branches. With soft lighting and red seating, it’s a pretty glamorous setting to tuck into soft shell crab with garlic and chilli or to clear your tubes with crispy shredded beef in spicy red hot sauce. And if you’ve gone through life so far without trying Buddha Jump Over The Wall, now’s your chance. Dim sum is served all day, there’s a funky bar and the music is cool.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Chinese
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Hours of Operation
Monday to Sunday 12pm to 11pm
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Phone number
020 7289 7000
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Additional
Bar/Lounge, BYO Liquor, Private Room, Wheelchair Access
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4.2
food
3.7
service
3.9
ambience
3.8
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73% of people would recommend it to a friend
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M
London
12 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Decent Chinese food! Not the cheapest but nicer ambience than most!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Waited over an hour for the lobster noodles. When it came, it was oily and not well done

AA
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was nice...the service however left a lot to be desired....staff responded to us in an agitated manner, they took an excessive amount of time to ask for our drinks order, and then forgot simple items (tap water).
Drinks that were bought and served directly at the bar were charged a service charge on the sly, the barman didnt provide the receipt but gave the amount due...very very sneaky and underhanded.
It's a shame the service brought down the overall review of the restaurant

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

The service at front desk was appalling I was completely ignored for almost 15 minutes and had to find someone despite having previously made a booking

L
London
26 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lobster noodles were delicious as always! Pearl Liang is definitely my favourite Chinese restaurant in London. Great quality food at reasonable prices.

PW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Lobster noodles and Peking duck was excellent. Veg was good. Service was attentive too.

OT
London
10 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Dim Sum and lobster!!!

LF
London
5 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience. Waitress was so friendly - really on the ball and and managed to be enormously friendly also even though she was busy. Really enjoyed it. Been here twice now and on both occasions food was really good with huge range of options. Full house both times. Definitely recommend.

NL
London
25 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food here is always very nice and I come here a lot. Today we had a mix of dim sum and main dishes and everything was delicious. I recommend:
- Prawn and chive dumplings
- Monk’s vegetable dumplings
- Paper wrap sesame prawn rolls
- Barbecue pork cheung fun
- Braised pork
- Asahi beer

The staff were pleasant and professional and the tables aren’t too close together.
The only downside was the noise in the room. Since it’s basically one big room and it was full, the noise levels got really high so it was harder to hear each other speak. Other than that, it was a really great lunch.
This place is good for any time and occasion but also good for special occasions (get the lobster noodle) and business lunches/dinners. There’s a section for larger groups which is partitioned by a glass wall so keep that in mind for celebrations or large get togethers.

a
London
8 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Felt food not quite as top notch as have had there on previous visits. Dim sum good - but unfortunately was there for dinner, so alot less choice. Although would still recommend the restaurant, would advise that one go for lunch, in order to experience the full range of the outstanding dim sum.

J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was much better a year ago.

TD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

We arrived the restaurant 5 mins early before our booking time and told us to wait and the waiter was very rude as I booked this table in advanced. We had to stay outside the restaurant in the freezing cold as the waiting seats were taken. Also the food took so long that we wanted to cancel some of the dishes but they said that they were still cooking the food. We ordered the lobster noodles and they said they ran out of stock and had to get the lobster delivered which took them 2-3 hours just to make one dish. Disappointing.

a
Cheshire
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

New Year. Appalling service and took 2 hours to bring the main course, which was cold. We left and they still charged for starters, drinks and service. Terrible place

S
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Chinese in London!!! I don’t know how many times we’ve been here since moving to London :) See you soon!

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, one of the few establishments that I’ve visited that offer some dim sum during dinner service.

The food was really good. Everything we ordered, we were impressed with

We ordered:
Prawn Dumplings
Shanghai Pork Dumplings
Siu Mai
Baked chicken and Wild Mushroom Pie
Pork and Radish Dumplings
Wasabi prawn dumplings
Chicken and sweet corn Soup
Sea bass Steamed Ginger and Spring Onion
King Prawns in Szechwan garlic and chilli
Cha Chiu
Sizzling beef black bean and chilli
Pan fried noodles with bean sprouts
Steamed rice

Easy walking distance from Paddington and really worth a visit if you want to have Chinese away from the crowds in China Town.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration. Excellent service, lively ambiance and fantastic food.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My family visits this place very often . Food and service are great, good value for mony as well. We enjoyed our dinner with friends this time. All were happy.

DA
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Very poor experience. Starters were dry (kept warm too long before serving. Then a 50 minute wait for main course. Despite complaints to staff and the manager. The staff have a bad attitude and and the manager could not care less. They only focus on serving drinks to large parties, other customers are left to wait. Food was poor and cold!!!!

l
Atlantic City
11 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Quite comfortable lovely location

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C
London
73 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Service without a smile! This may sound a tad patronising but it felt as if staff did not particularly want to assist us. Misleading food which looked and tasted nothing like its menu description. The setting is nice but definitely won't be rushing back!

JK
London
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Surprisingly wide range of choices of small dishes - great to sample and share, very authentic, everything has a unique and different taste (which is not always the case). Too bad we could not sample more. Shanghai dumplings are worth the trip.

T
London
19 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

This is my 2nd visit here but the service was absolutely ridiculous with only 2 waiters on a FRIDAY night, it was like lucky dip to get their attention to place your order.

p
London
95 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Pearl Liang is tucked away in Paddington Central. The restaurant is dark but attractive. The service was reasonably prompt but not personal. The menu choices were slightly limited for my Chinese friend. The pork dish was too salty and the prawns a bit dry.

JC
London
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I go and have at least one meal every time I visit London as to me they provide a reasonable Chinese meal that are more authentic and not adjusted too much to local taste. This visit was not as good as before as the food seems deteriorated a little. Hope this is just one off and I shall return again on my next visit.

MC
London
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Great lobster noodles & aromatic duck. Reasonable prices for both. Decent small dishes too. I'll be back.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous menu. Superb sea bass. The restaurant got very busy in the evening but their service and and attention to our table did not change.

BO
London
7 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I took my mum, my brother, and cousins to eat out. Service is always good, staff always polite and friendly. There was never any rush from staff whilst we waited for my brother whom arrived late. Food came out ok, we had laughs and a lovely evening. Special thank you to the two ladies whom served us (Charlene and Pan) they were very friendly and took our orders accordingly. I have been here twice now in two months and will surely visit again.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Roast duck and lobster noodles is always a winner.

V
London
64 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall good food

SC
London
4 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual amazing meal. One of the best kept secrets in London

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was beautiful, the food was nice and so was the service. This may be my new favourite chinese restaurant

NK
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Open table booking did not go through to the restaurant but they accommodated us inspite of being busy. Thanks.

BO
London
7 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I reserved the restaurant for my brothers birthday. I was not disappointed for the last time I came to the restaurant was 8 years ago. Staff who served us was very friendly, polite, she interacted with us and clearly took time to understand each individuals choice of food. My party really enjoyed the food and the atmosphere so I was very pleased. Food was delicious, service was fast and prompt. Price overall for the amount of food we ordered was also reasonable compared to if we went elsewhere to eat. I and my party would definitely will return again very soon. Thank you to the lady who served us it was a pleasant evening.

SS
London
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Never disappoints! We have been going there for the last 10 years.

c
London
12 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

personal
favorite of mine

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OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent food

F
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was great, but not what we ordered as substitutions of dishes not in stock were being made without notifying us. The place, atmosphere and food was brilliant, it was a shame the service was such a let down.

ALWAYS CHECK YOUR BILL!! When I called them out on the items we never ordered the waitress was apologetic for "accidentally putting other table's orders on our bill", but when going through the bill after removing the incorrect food items, we also found drinks on there we never ordered. Not sure if they thought we had that much to drink we would not notice an extra £160 on our already +£500 bill. Totally outraged, disappointed and offended they would try to mug us off.

T
London
13 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Lovely evening with friends, excellent food in a nice setting.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrate the birthday in this restaurant, and it is cost-effectively

a
London
20 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I have visited several times. Taking my family over the Christmas period was a gamble because food is always good but sometimes the service has been cold and unfriendly. This time we had James as our waiter! OMG! He made our evening. Friendly, jokey, attentive. Of all the times i've been, this was the best time. Special thank you to James. We will all come again - food good, service was excellent.

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